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A Great Week Ahead

This is going to be an busy and exciting week. I have so many things happening all at once. I am a very blessed woman.

The first thing I’d like to share is that today is a special day for me. As of today, I have been with my current employer for 12 years. This is special not only because it’s a long time to stay with one company, but because my job wasn’t supposed to last this long. I was hired for a certain grant that was to last no more than three years. At the end of that grant, I was supposed to be let go. Fortunately for me, another department swooped in and offered me a job until things worked out so I could go back to my old one. I worked with them for a little while before I was able to return to the Weatherization Department. My employer has been very good to me.

I’m meeting with my brilliant financial advisor on Friday to make sure I’m still on target for a good retirement. I like my job, but I want to enjoy my golden years away from the office. She is a friend of mine from way back and offers her wisdom generously. I love visiting with her and talking about investments. Of course, I love catching up with her and hearing about her kids and gorgeous grandbaby the most.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I submitted one story to the Crowder Quill writing contest this year. Only one. I received notification they’re publishing my story, which means I placed in the competition. I won’t know my rank until May 4, 2021 when they hold their awards ceremony.

They always make us feel special at the ceremony and usually provide fancy hors d’oeuvres or other refreshment after the program. I don’t know if that’s a possibility this year with their social distancing policy, but I’m sure it will be a wonderful evening either way.

The most exciting news from Crowder College came a day after they notified me of my pending publication. Their theatre department will be using my story in a theatrical production taking place April 22nd and 23rd, which is this Thursday and Friday. They are using several COVID-19 related entries from the Crowder Quill competition in the their production called Masks & Music: Stories from Quarantine. I’m thrilled that mine is among them.

If you’re in the area of Neosho, Missouri and would like to attend Masks & Music, the event is being held April 22nd and 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at the Elsie Plaster Community Center on the campus of Crowder College, 601 Laclede Ave, Neosho, MO 64850. Admission is $5.00 per person.

The Ozarks Writers League Spring Conference is happening online April 24, 2021. I’m looking forward to all of the speakers and seeing my fellow OWL members. I regret I’ll miss our virtual Open Mic on April 23rd due to being at Crowder, but I know everyone will have fun. If all goes well, we will be meeting in person in October. I’m feeling confident enough about the possibility that I’ve already booked my hotel room in Branson.

This weekend is also the Carl Junction Citywide Sale, but I’m going to skip it this year. I have too much going on to squeeze it in. It pains me to miss one of my favorite events, but I’m already overbooked for the weekend. As Mom always says, “Keeping busy keeps us off the streets and out of the bars.” Truthfully, I don’t Mom has ever seen the inside of a bar, but her words are wise all the same.

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe week!

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